Back in 2016, the Buzz reported that a new restaurant and gourmet food market, “Le Marché” would be opening at the new LC development at the corner of Melrose and El Centro. Well, it took a little longer than some people expected, and the name changed slightly, but at 7 a.m. today, the new Le Petit Marché opened at 5565 Melrose Ave.
The new restaurant, bar and gourmet market comes from restaurateur duo Mathew Cape and Spoon Singh (former owners of the now-shuttered The Larchmont restaurant). It will eventually be open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. For now, however, until operations are at full steam, hours will be 7 a.m. to 8 or 9 p.m., with breakfast, lunch and happy hour menus. It will also feature items from Gwen Butcher Shop, Monsieur Marcel, La Chouquette, Michelina, Lou Wine Shop, and coffee from well-known Verve Coffee Roasters.
According to a statement released by the business, the restaurant will stress “local and ethical sourcing for all ingredients”:
“The food will always reflect our consciousness for the entire food chain from the purveyor to the palate. Helmed by Chef Stephane Liot who brings with him a lifetime of experience in French cooking. Chef Steph was trained in Paris and raised by his father who was also a chef. Living in France, Montreal, England, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, and Cuba has given Liot a diverse background in the kitchen. Chef Steph absorbed methods, tastes, traditions, and ingredients from all over the world that he draws upon to create incredible and unique depths of flavor in his dishes. For Chef Steph, Le Petit Marché represents an opportunity to showcase his take on French cuisine, inspired by the California lifestyle. “In France, the cuisine is constantly growing. I want to ensure, that in Los Angeles, we also expand how we envision classic French dishes,” said Chef Steph. Le Petite Marché has also
created an extensive plant-based menu for its vegan customers, utilizing all the fresh, seasonal produce that
California has to offer.”
And the bar will have a similar philosophy:
“At the helm of the Le Petit Marché bar is Chris Kramer, leading with his motto of “no refined sugar” his drinks abhor syrups and use nature instead – making use of honey, agave, and almond. He draws further inspiration from the chef and his cuisine, local, fresh and seasonal ingredients, the neighborhood and its customers.
Finally, rounding out the tripartite business, the market will feature “a variety of take-home/grab-and-go items that will consist of salads and class French ficelle sandwiches.” It will also provide “room service” to the residents of the LC apartments above the establishment.
To celebrate the big opening, there will be a special extended happy hour tonight (Monday, September 17), from 5 p.m. until 8 or 9, and everyone is welcome to come and check out the space and the offerings.
Here are a few images from earlier today.